5-Month-Old Baby (20 Weeks)
Starting SolidsFive months old is the average age at which most pediatricians or pediatric healthcare providers will begin advising parents on how to start their babies on solid foods. While 5-month-old babies should continue receiving breast milk or the infant formula that best agrees with their digestive system and nutritional needs, right about now is a good time to get her used to new tastes and textures.
In addition to the tasty new fare, it will be a fun and messy experience to begin taking food off of a spoon. Once you determine that there are no food allergies to be concerned with, enjoy introducing your little one to a new world of yummy foods.
Preventing Botulism in InfantsInfant botulism is a rare but serious disease. It is caused by consuming the spores of the botulinum bacteria (Clostridium botulinum), which then grow in the intestines and release toxin.
A number of infant botulism cases have been associated with eating honey contaminated with C. botulinum spores. Thus, infants or children younger than 12 months old should not be fed honey (it is perfectly safe for older children and adults).
In other cases, a baby has the bad luck to swallow a botulism spore. The spores travel with microscopic dust particles, so researchers have concluded that most affected infants have simply inhaled the spores. They mix with saliva, they are swallowed, and that is how they reach the intestine. Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent infant botulism in such cases.
The first sign that an infant has botulism is usually constipation, although this is not always noticeable to parents. Often, the baby is not brought to a doctor until parents notice other symptoms, such as lethargy and poor feeding.
Helpful Tips for Parents of a 5-Month-Old BabyAs you introduce new foods to the menu, try giving each new item in the morning. That will give you all day to observe your baby for signs of an allergic reaction.